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Imperial unbundling to be implemented in Q4, says Akoojee

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2018 It is anticipated that the unbundling of the Imperial group will be implemented in the fourth quarter of this calendar year, says Imperial acting CEO Mohammed Akoojee. Speaking at the company’s annual results announcement in Johannesburg on Tuesday, he said Imperial Holdings would be renamed... 

Isuzu SA alive and well, says CEO Sacke

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2018 Isuzu is alive and well in South Africa, following the abrupt departure of General Motors (GM) from the country in 2017. Following the US company’s exit, Japan’s Isuzu Motors acquired General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA’s) Struandale manufacturing plant, in Port Elizabeth – where GMSA assembled... 

Isuzu SA alive and well, says CEO Sacke
Michael Sacke

Toyota aims to increase exports into Africa as market recovers

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) aims to export 100 000 vehicles a year from its Durban plant, says president and CEO Andrew Kirby. Total plant capacity is 242 000 units a year, which includes a 234 000-unit capacity for the Hilux, Fortuner and Corolla, 13 500 for the Ses’fikile minibus and 5... 

Toyota aims to increase exports into Africa as market recovers
Andrew Kirby

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 The fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

Metair to deliver its first lithium-ion batteries before the end of the year

By: Irma Venter     16th August 2018 JSE-listed Metair will deliver its first production lithium-ion batteries to a customer before the end of the year. Metair is a distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components. 

 Metair to deliver its first lithium-ion batteries before the end of the year
Theo Loock

Ford produces milestone 500 000 Rangers in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has produced its 500 000th Ford Ranger. “The current Ford Ranger has been a remarkable success story for FMCSA, and we are delighted to have reached the 500 000 mark for this vehicle programme,” Ford Middle... 

Ford produces milestone 500 000 Rangers in South Africa
FORD RANGER 2017

Imperial to repurchase preference shares at R85 apiece

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 JSE-listed Imperial Holdings is offering to repurchase its preference shares for R85.53 a share, which is a 29% premium to Friday’s closing price of R64.29. The company on Monday stated that the offer price values the preference shares at R83, with an accrued dividend of R2.53 since June.  

Local company develops precision bearing packer 

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 The new precision Pumprite bearing packer was launched last month for bearings used in the transport, mining, engineering and heavy industries. The locally developed unit allows for easy and precise lubrication of bearings with an inner diameter from 15 mm to 150 mm inner diameter and a maximum... 

Local company develops precision bearing packer
Pumprite bearing packer is demonstrated.

Sumitomo Rubber’s truck and bus tyre plant starts production

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has officially started production at its truck and bus radial (TBR) tyre manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. Japanese company Sumitomo Rubber Industries, the world’s fifth-largest producer of automotive tyres... 

Sumitomo Rubber’s truck and bus tyre plant starts production
The SRSA Ladysmith plant

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 The KwaZulu-Natal-based Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest tyre recycler, has developed two steel by-products that are being exported to Australia and Korea in growing quantities. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd August 2018 Olifantsfontein-based road-rail vehicle (RRV) manufacturer RailPro has developed a bimodal vehicle that transports people and goods on road and rail, says MD Ed Magan. The vehicle, called RailBus, was launched in June. 

Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus
Photo by Bloomberg
FACILITATING MOBILITY Thousands of rural dwellers are situated close to existing rail lines and the RailBus will allow for exploitation of underused rail routes

VW, Audi, Nissan provide best purchase, service experience, says Ipsos

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2018 Volkswagen, Audi and Nissan last year delivered the best vehicle buying and servicing experience in South Africa, says the Ipsos 2017 Competitive Customer Experience survey. The research report, released on Thursday, is based on telephonic interviews with more than 20 000 South African customers... 

VW, Audi, Nissan provide best purchase, service experience, says Ipsos

New-vehicle sales increase in July, 2018 exports set to disappoint

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2018 The South African new-vehicle market expanded by 2.6% in July, to 47 881 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Wednesday, indicate that July new-passenger car sales gained 4.3%, to reach 32 108 units. 

New-vehicle sales increase in July, 2018 exports set to disappoint

Auto suppliers retool to chase electric vehicle bonanza

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 In what seems to be a magic trick, Dele Fayemi runs a batch of batteries in a beaker of boiling water - a physical impossibility that should cause a short circuit. But instead of a highly-dangerous combination of water and electricity, the 3M Co (MMM.N) engineer is testing the batteries in Novec,... 

Petrol price to rise 1c/ℓ in August

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 The petrol price will increase by 1c/ℓ on August 1, while the diesel price will decrease by 4c/ℓ, the Central Energy Fund (CEF) has revealed. Illuminating paraffin will increase by 4c/ℓ and liquefied petroleum gas by 17c/kg. 

Petrol price to rise 1c/ℓ in August

Honda’s Eagle takes over the reins at Fiat Chrysler SA

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2018 Graham Eagle has been appointed as the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), with immediate effect.   His appointment follows the recent resignation of Robin van Rensburg. 

Honda’s Eagle takes over the reins at Fiat Chrysler SA
Graham Eagle

Imperial CEO takes extended medical leave until Jan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2018 JSE-listed Imperial Holdings CEO Osman Arbee has been placed on medical leave until January 2019, after he underwent surgery in June that subsequently led to a minor stroke. Once Arbee has recovered, he will continue his role as Motus CEO.  

France, Mauritania order 60 6 x 6 Land Cruiser conversion kits from SA 

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2018 South Africa has a new go-anywhere vehicle on the market. Pretoria-based 6 x 6 Africa has converted a standard Toyota Land Cruiser to a 6 x 6 vehicle – yes, with six wheels – to supply the local and export markets. 

France, Mauritania order 60 6 x 6 Land Cruiser conversion kits from SA
6 x 6 Africa shows off the converted Land Cruiser that should soon hit the road abroad.

Embrace new auto tech, or pay more for old tech, warns Nissan

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2018 South Africa is behind the curve on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), and this is not a sustainable situation, warns Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield. “Industry and government need to cooperate a lot more. We are behind the curve. There are no two ways about it. The interaction... 

Embrace new auto tech, or pay more for old tech, warns Nissan

Growth potential positive – Naamsa

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Owing to the right policies, interventions and goodwill by all automotive industry stakeholders, National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen says the industry’s growth potential remains positive. “Currently, the automotive industry is the... 

Better integration between systems and machines on offer

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 With the automotive industry having shown a need for better integration between machines and systems, software company Syspro simplifies operational effectiveness. “Syspro Software, an enterprise resource planning system, is designed with the automotive industry in mind. It aims to help... 

Better integration  between systems and  machines on offer
DEIDRE FRYER Enterprise resource planning designed with the automotive industry in mind

Competitive prices key in eliminating counterfeit parts

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Although Africa is a brand-conscious continent the majority of consumers seek cheaper prices, and the automotive industry needs competitive aftermarket prices to deal with the challenges posed by counterfeit goods, says intellectual property law firm Spoor & Fisher anti-counterfeiting department... 

Competitive prices  key in eliminating counterfeit parts
SPARKS FLY Confiscated bearings are taken to a smelter to be destroyed

New design introduced for global dealerships

27th July 2018 Last month, automotive manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that it will introduce a new design for the interior and exterior of about 5 000 dealer stores globally. The move is based on the new brand message ‘Drive your Ambition’, initiated in October last year, and is intended to... 

D2M system grows its Plascon Acryline range

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Owing to global demand for smarter painting systems that are cost effective and reduce process time, coatings company Kansai Plascon has introduced its Acryline Direct-2-Metal (D2M) system of automotive paints, which is considered as one of South Africa’s leading commercial-vehicle (CV) coating... 

D2M system grows its Plascon Acryline range
A RAINBOW OF COLOURS Kansai Plascon’s D2M range is available in thousands of different hues

Ford hits carbon emissions reduction target eight years early

27th July 2018 In June, automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company announced that it had met its goal to reduce manufacturing emissions – eight years ahead of schedule. Ford hit the target twice as fast as expected. The results are dramatic, with a global manufacturing carbon emissions reduction of more than... 

Ford hits carbon  emissions reduction  target eight years early
EMISSION OMISSION Ford’s plug-in Hybrids score a 10 for lowered greenhouse gas emissions

Company completes reusable bins supply for new vehicle model

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Rotational and low pressure injection moulding specialists Kaymac Structural Foam (KSF) completed a contract with a leading German automobile manufacturer last month, where it supplied reusable collapsible bins for components of a new vehicle model being manufactured in South Africa for world... 

Company completes reusable bins supply for new vehicle model
HOLDING IT TOGETHER Collapsible bins were produced to hold automotive parts

No longer flavour of the month, SA rethinks its bus rapid transit systems

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2018 It seems government’s love affair with bus rapid transit (BRT) systems has cooled. Courted in the Brazilian city of Curutiba – it is difficult to find a local government transport executive who has not been there on a study tour – and sworn to fidelity in the pressure cooker years before the... 

No longer flavour of the month, SA rethinks its bus rapid transit systems

Budgetary constraints hindering sustainable practices, says report

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2018 Sixty-four percent of respondents in this year’s Barloworld Logistics supplychainforesight report indicate that their companies have adopted sustainable business practices. Of the remaining 36% of respondents, 23% say it will only be a priority in the next three years, 6% say it will be a... 

Budgetary constraints hindering sustainable practices, says report

New Actros promises R300 000 in savings, despite SA’s dirty fuel

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2018 The new Mercedes-Benz Actros truck can save South African fleet owners up to 6% in fuel compared with the previous model, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) executive director Jasper Hafkamp. If calculated over a four-year period, this could mean a saving of up to R300 000 per... 

New Actros promises R300 000 in savings, despite SA’s dirty fuel
The new Mercedes-Benz Actros

Ford vehicles face extreme conditions in new €70m weather factory

By: Irma Venter     25th July 2018 US car manufacturer Ford has invested €70-million in a new weather factory, based in Germany. The facility features three climate wind tunnels, including a high-altitude lab, and four temperature-controlled test chambers. 

Fiat Chrysler’s Marchionne dies at age 66

By: Irma Venter     25th July 2018 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne has died, aged 66. Marchionne on the weekend stepped down from his position at the auto manufacturer, one year before he was scheduled to retire. He fell gravely ill following complications while recovering from shoulder surgery. 

Fiat Chrysler’s Marchionne dies at age 66
Sergio Marchionne

BAIC SA opens vehicle assembly plant at Coega IDZ

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th July 2018 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group’s South African subsidiary, BAIC SA, on Tuesday opened its 88 969 m2 vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, near Port Elizabeth.   The company has completed the critical construction and equipment installation... 

BAIC SA opens vehicle assembly plant at Coega IDZ

Ill health forces Fiat Chrysler’s Marchionne to step down 

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2018 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on the weekend announced that ill health has forced 66-year-old CEO Sergio Marchionne to step down from his position at the auto manufacturer, one year before he was scheduled to retire. “During the course of this week unexpected complications arose while Mr.... 

Ill health forces Fiat Chrysler’s Marchionne to step down
Sergio Marchionne

VW to temporarily park cars due to new emissions testing bottlenecks

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 Volkswagen is renting parking spaces from August to stockpile vehicles which cannot be sold due to bottlenecks caused by new engine emissions tests, a spokesperson said on Sunday. Carmakers are rushing to get models through a new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) tests on a... 

FCA South Africa appoints new CFO, head of network development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th July 2018 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) South Africa has appointed Juan Wheeler CFO and Daniell Theron head of network development. He has served in various regions within Ford Motor Company for the last 20 years including South Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East. 

Trade war could knock 3% off global GDP – Bank of France study

By: Reuters     20th July 2018 An international trade war with wide-ranging tariff hikes could cut global gross domestic product by as much as three percent, according to a study by the French central bank on Thursday. The direct impact of a generalised 10 percentage point increase in import tariffs could alone knock 1% off... 

Terrafugia flying car to hit market in 2019

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2018 Flying car manufacturer Terrafugia has announced that its first production vehicles will come to market in 2019. Newly added and/or improved features in the 2019 Transition production vehicle – a two-seater car and aircraft – will include updates to the interior, safety systems, motor and flight... 

Terrafugia flying car to hit market in 2019
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